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Fears after stranger accosts boy

PUBLISHED: 13:36 15 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS of a quiet family area on the outskirts of Ipswich were left reeling today after a ten-year-old boy was approached by a stranger in the street outside their homes.

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By Tina Heath

tina.heath@ecng.co.uk

RESIDENTS of a quiet family area on the outskirts of Ipswich were left reeling today after a ten-year-old boy was approached by a stranger in the street outside their homes.

A man driving a red car pulled up beside the boy in Murrills Road, near the Sainsburys' superstore, at Warren Heath, around 4pm yesterday and offered him a lift home. The boy refused and fled.

Mother-of-two Suzanne Cole, 36, said that the incident had made her think twice about letting her young daughter out alone.

"It's quiet scary when you have a eight-year-old daughter. She's allowed out on her bike but she's not allowed to talk to strangers and if anybody approaches her we have told her she must come straight home," said the VAT consultant of Bramble Drive who also has a five-year-old son.

"I don't think I'm going to let her out now," she added.

Grandmother June Johnston added her voice of concern.

"I hate anything to do with this sort of thing with children," said the 68-year-old, also of Bramble Close, which overlooks Murrills Road.

"It's awful when you can't let children out to play."

Police were unable to confirm the exact location of the accosting.

The man involved in the incident is described as white with short brown hair. He was wearing dark sunglasses, a blue T-shirt with short sleeves and grey trousers and was driving a red car with blue writing along the side.

Anyone who might have seen something suspicious is asked to contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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